City's new skateboarding ordinance approved

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Councilmen Bob Monetza and John Hierholzer voted against the measure.

Although he voted against it, Monetza said the ordinance is specific in what it’s intended to do.

“I think there’s a perception that we’re turning people loose in the streets to do a lot of strange things,” he said. “We’re still trying to maintain control over reckless behavior.”

The approved ordinance states that skateboarding is not prohibited outright on local streets. Prohibited conduct would include riding on the back of someone’s vehicle, riding on the sidewalk, riding on the boardwalk, riding on the Washington Avenue sidewalk between Harbor Drive and Third Street from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and riding in a “reckless manner.”

The ordinance will take effect 20 days after its adoption by City Council, or upon publication.

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